When I made today’s shrine, I did not think that it would become a bittersweet farewell to the Berlin Station as we knew it.
Yesterday the news broke that BS was going to move the production from the eponymous Berlin in its title to Budapest.
FILM BUSINESS POTSDAM
“Berlin Station” heading for Hungary
by Jana Haase
PHOTO CAPTION: Missed connection. Studio Babelsberg loses the US spy series “Berlin Station” due to lack of certainty regarding subsidies. The third season will be shot in Hungary, said Babelsberg board member Woebcken. The background to the decision is the struggle for a coalition in Berlin – and the federal budget that has not yet been passed.
Studio Babelsberg loses an important project because the release of federal funding has stalled due to the negotiations for a grand coalition. Film makers are pushing for the improvement of film funding.
Potsdam – The struggle for a coalition in Berlin has a dramatic impact on the local film industry. Because as long as the federal budget for this year is still not approved, film subsidies can not be paid or only to a small extent. Due to the financial insecurities some productions are now “in trouble”, and the first international film project has already been lost, said Carl L. Woebcken, the CEO of Studio Babelsberg AG, on Monday at the Berlinale press conference in the Brandenburg State Chancellery. Unlike the first two seasons, the third season of the US spy series “Berlin Station” will therefore not be filmed in Babelsberg and Berlin, but entirely in Hungary. “That hurts a lot,” said Woebcken.
It hurts indeed, and will be a great loss to the local film industry – but also to the series itself, at least when it comes to Berlin as a “character” in a show that has been named (partly) after the place it is set in. I have no doubt that conditions will be great in Budapest – a beautiful city that has much to offer – but I do wonder how the series will progress from now on. Will BS return to Berlin for location shoots only, or is Berlin Station becoming Budapest Station? From the article above it sounds as if the latter is the case – “filmed entirely in Hungary” doesn’t sound as if it only refers to the interior scenes. That may mean a complete re-focus of the show onto a new station, a new team even. Changes all around – I guess. I hope the cast have left a suitcase in Berlin… just in case…
And so it is with great regret that today’s shrine offering is tinged with a little bit of sadness. When I made it in a mad rush of creativity last week, I did not think this would be a bye-bye to Berlin.
Then we *leave* Berlin, more like… Bittersweet. But look, here’s Daniel:
He shoots flowers, not bullets.
And I think his heart will continue beating for Berlin.
So, this is a historic piece of fan memorabilia if Berlin is to be no more. Maybe there are one or two Berlin or BS lovers out there. If you leave a comment on this post, I’ll put your names in a hat and draw a winner of the shrine. Deadline is Friday, 16 February 2018, 8am GMT.
And else…? Valentine’s Day and Lent
What a morose post on Valentine’s Day… Could also be because today is also Ash Wednesday, and the annual Lent purge has started. As in previous years, I am taking the opportunity to test my resolve and my discipline. Since there isn’t much *food-wise* that I can give up, due to my already established WW diet, I have looked at other sacrifices. In a bid to make my diet
even more healthier, I will now completely cut Diet Coke. Social Media is always a big addiction for me, but Twitter has somewhat tuned down on my list of obsessions and Facebook is virtually non-existent. So Twitter can stay. But the big culprit when it comes to wasting time, has been Youtube. I’ve been obsessively watching craft videos for the last while, and even got sucked into haul videos *ugh*. It’s got to stop, and so Youtube is off limits for the next six weeks (the only exception being the YT clips embedded in blog posts by others – I can’t and don’t want to avoid those, especially in case there are important news there *coughs*. You never know.) Are you giving anything up?
However, let’s finish on a positive note. Whether you like Valentine’s Day or not – it’s never wrong to spread a little love. Over on Twitter, Sinnamin had organised another card swap for Valentine’s Day. Cards have popped up in the posts all over the place, and since *my* cards refer – you guessed it – to our favourite movie boyfriend, I am sending you virtual love by way of some of the cards that I made for the occasion. So, have a lovely day, tell your loved ones that you love them, and add a comment below to be in the raffle.